Omega-3 researchers from around the world gathered in Bethesda to present the latest findings from clinical studies on the effects of omega-3's in preventing and treating heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. A review of some of the most compelling presentations.
Most people know that fish is "healthy" food, but many people do not like it, and it is a challenge for them to get healthful omega-3s into their diets. Sonja Connor, RD, a nutrition counselor, offers tips for demystifying seafood for landlubbers, and making it palatable for fish-phobes.
BELLEVUE, WA—The surging popularity of "Eat Right 4 Your Type," the book by Peter D'Adamo, ND, outlining the theory and practice of the so-called "blood type diets," has a growing number of people making sudden alterations in their habitual eating patterns.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's innovative "Food as Medicine" conference provides physicians with a comprehensive, scientifically-sound education in the application of nutrition for the management of a wide range of common, chronic disorders.
Epidemiological data suggests that moderate alcohol consumption, particularly red wine, can reduce risk of heart disease, leading some doctors to recommend wine drinking as a preventive measure. But some experts caution that there are no controlled clinical trials to confirm wine's alleged heart benefits.
Cardiologist Steven Horowitz believes that medicine has largely ignored the substantial science linking increased dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease. On a population basis, cardiovascular risk is lowest in countries that consume the least amount of dairy. Dr. Horowitz challenges the prevailing view that milk and milk products are essentially healthy foods.
A new imaging technique called Breast Enhanced Scintigraphy Testing has provided the first visual evidence that routine supplementation with soy isoflavones can reduce the size of pre-malignant breast lesions in women at increased risk of breast cancer.
The core tenet of the emerging discipline of functional medicine is that nutrition is the major determinant of gene expression, and therefore of health and disease. Functional medicine pioneer Jeff Bland, PhD, explains how, in a sense, food is information that tells the genes what to do. Depending on the signals we send our genes, they can produce health and happiness or depression and disease.
Genistein and daidzein are the two best-known phytoestrogens identified in soy. But roughly one-third of all people who eat soy can metabolize diadzein into equol, which is among the most potent plant estrogens known. This could account for the widely variant outcomes in clinical trials of soy for prevention of breast cancer, menopausal symptoms and other clinical conditions.
Exercise need not be overly intense to produce marked reductions in body fat. In fact, studies show that moderate activity has the greatest overall long-term impact on body mass. A report from an international conference on obesity.